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J. E. ACKISON, JR., dealer in boots and shoes, Beaver Falls, was born in Washington, Pa., Nov. 25, 1856, and is a son of William and Mary (Knight) Ackison, of Washington county. His paternal grandfather was William Ackison, and maternal grandfather Joseph Knight, natives of England and pioneers of Washington county. Our subject was reared in his native county, and at the age of fifteen entered the store of William Semple, of Allegheny City, as an entry clerk, where he was employed five years. In 1878 he entered the employ of R. Hay, of Pittsburgh, and from 1882 until 1885 was with the wholesale shoe firm of Albree & Co., of Pittsburgh. In November, 1885, he embarked in the retail boot and shoe trade at Beaver Falls. He is a gentleman of enterprise and business experience, and is building up a large and lucrative trade.